Meal Bags are designed to make your life easier! And at Fresh Choice Nelson we’ve been doing that for some time with our exciting range of Inspire Meal Bags.
This year we’ve teamed up with local chef and MasterChef finalist, Paula Saengthian-Ngam, to bring you a brand new range of exciting meal bags with Paula’s own twist! Find Paula on Facebook HERE.
You can see the full range HERE. They’ll be available to order from Monday 14th November, and you’ll find them in store from Tuesday 15th November.
We’re also lucky to be able to add Paula to our panel of guest bloggers… Here’s her very first article for you… With a bonus recipe! Take it away Paula…
As some of you may know Paula’s Plate closed around 4 months ago, during this time I have been taking a break, reconnecting with my 3 wonderful children and relaxing. I’ve begun to really enjoying cooking again and remembering what joy I get from it.
We all know it’s hard to feel inspired after a long, tiring, stressful work day. I’ve felt like that a lot over the past 3 years. I love cooking and I’m pretty good at it… I got to the final of MasterChef, but I still struggled to decide what to cook for dinner after a busy day. This is why I feel super excited to be working with Fresh Choice, Nelson; bringing you delicious recipes that are quick, tasty and reasonably easy! The best bit is that they are part of the Inspire Meal Bag concept and all your ingredients conveniently come in a handy bag ready for you to order or pick up whilst in store. No more aimless wandering, while you decide what to cook for dinner… And great if you are having friends or family over for a meal, you can even get the kids to cook it for you!
Part of my downtime after Paula’s Plate has been a commitment to exercise and eating healthier. I don’t go for fads and believe in eating real fresh food and limiting sugar. I love the recipes I have created so far and my children have enjoyed them also.
This is a great time of year to commit to healthier eating with so much fresh produce in store. A bonus of living in wonderful Nelson.
This recipe uses lots of fresh local herbs and just makes me feel like summer. Many of you also know my love of Asian Cuisine so I thought I would share this one with you.
Spicy Chicken Lettuce cups (serves 4)
- 500g chicken mince
- 1 sliced red onion
- 1 cup torn coriander
- 1 cup torn mint
- 1 red chilli minced
- 1 clove garlic mince
- 3 kaffir lime leaves (thinly sliced)
- zest and juice of 2 limes
- 2 tsp of coconut sugar
- 1 iceburg lettuce
- 2 Tbsp fish sauce
- 4 tsp of crushed peanuts
Lightly brown the chicken mince on a medium heat. Once cooked through remove from the heat and stir through all the other ingredients. You can adjust the lime, sugar and fish sauce to suit your taste, This gives you the sweet, salty and sour flavours that make Thai dishes sing. Wash the lettuce and trim the edges of each leaf to make a cup. Pile in the spicy chicken, top with nuts and enjoy! I would serve these with steamed brown rice and lots of extra veg like cherry tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper slices and even fresh mango.